In this talk Joe Studholme, outlines Captain Cook's first voyage and in particular explores Joseph Banks part in the venture.  He goes on to describe the subsequent recording of the botanical specimens Bank's team collected and drew.   The drawings were made into copper plates in Bank's lifetime but never published.  Joe Studholme describes his own part in finally bringing them to full publication as Joseph Banks' Florilegium.

A recording of the talk:

'The Thames & Hudson book is called 'Joseph Banks’ Florilegium: Botanical Treasures from Cook’s First Voyage'. It is illustrated with 175 colour plates (quarter size) and has essays by Mel Gooding, who sets the voyage and the works in context, and by David Mabberley who provides expert botanical commentaries. Joe has written an afterword describing the history of the modern printing from the original plates.

If you would like to buy a book, delivery end of June when the third reprinting is due to come off the press, Joe says that he can order copies direct from the publisher at £20 postage free. He asks that any requests are made before the end of May, so that he can put in a joint order. 

Please email Joe to place an order:

Alecto will donate £5 from each purchase to the Woodford Valley PCC. 

The Alecto website is where all 743 plates are illustrated by country. 

If you decide to buy one of the prints from the online shop, 10% of the purchase price will go to the Woodford Valley PCC.

Please email Joe if you would like any further information.



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